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Troy men arrested for assaulting officers dispute claim, police respond


Troy, N.Y. - Captain John Cooney with the Troy Police Department says two officers were responding to a noise issue Thursday evening near 62 Ingalls Ave.  when the officers were attacked while trying to arrest an individual.

Capt. John Cooney says two patrol officers responded to a noise complaint on Thursday night at around 9 p.m. on Ingalls Avenue. A resident of the street, 35-year-old Samuel Ratley, was found sitting in his car, allegedly playing loud music. Officers issued a warning, as required by the local noise ordinance, but Ratley did not respond.

"The officer approached the driver, had a very unproductive conversion, so to speak, and finally decided to further his efforts to get the music down. The driver exited the vehicle and actually flicked a lit cigarette in the officer's direction," said Captain John Cooney.

Cooney says he did not cooperate and resisted arrest, but one of the men arrested spoke to NEWS10 and says the officers attacked him and his stepfather while using racial slurs. NEWS10 obtained video that the man says was recorded during the incident by his girlfriend.

Samuel Ratley and his stepson, 21-year-old Malcolm Watson, were arrested for second degree assault among other charges. But Watson says that's not what happened during the incident.

"They came over here cursing. They're not speaking to us with no kind of respect you know and they basically attacked us," said Watson.

Watson shared video he says his girlfriend shot during the incident.

"There was never no music playing out of the car. There was no music," said Watson.

He says the officers did not say he was under arrest and repeatedly hit him and Ratley.

"He never said anything to anybody that we were under arrest. He basically just put his hands on my Stepfather and used force that was unnecessary," said Watson.

NEWS10 showed the video to Captain Cooney.

"With the arrest process as part of the prosecution here considering the resisting charge and the fact that there's tape of that process at this time it would be against our policy to comment on material which may end up making it to court and being part of the prosecution and or the defense," said Cooney.

A third individual was also arrested during this incident. Watson says he will be taking legal action, and Cooney says his department will address any complaint received about the incident.

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